Jun 18, 2008

Six players top Olde York CC Open Qualifier

 CHESTERFIELD, N.J.–A total of six players shared medallist honors with even-par 71s in the first Open Championship qualifier at Olde York CC (par 71, 6,710 yards) Wednesday to join 11 others in advancing to the field of 72 for the 104th Open Championship set for July 23 at Lookaway GC.

  Matthew Mattare of Saucon Valley CC, Greg Wolfe of Cavaliers CC, Joey Pohle, an assitant professional out of Merion GC, Steve Ransom, Jr. of Wildwood G & CC, Eric Schmehl of Moorestown Field Club and David West of Whitford CC topped the 80-player field at the first of three Open Championship qualifiers administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

  “I’ve been playing well the past couple of weeks,” said Schmehl, who comes off a strong performance at the 108th Amatuer Championship where he lost to medallist Mike Danner of Lu Lu CC in 19 holes.

  “I played this course a couple years ago and I know that you have to know where you want to hit it,” he said of today’s New Jersey track. “There are some bad spots here so I tried to play it a little conservative. I just wanted to keep it in play.”

  Like others in the field, Schmehl, who managed to card three birdies on the day, kept things safe, electing to hit the more accurate 3-wood and irons off the tee.

  “Everything was running out pretty well so you didn’t have to bomb it with a driver,” he said. “I just tried to manage my ball and keep it in front of me.”

  Wolfe took the same approach.

  “Local knowledge I think helps a lot,” said Wolfe, a two-time qualifier for this event. “You really had to play conservatively because it was hard to tell were everything is out there.”

  Pohle, an assistant professional in his sophomore season at Merion GC, found trouble early in his first visit to Olde York CC going 3-over par through the first four holes. But he quickly got it together after carding back-to-back birdies on hole Nos. 10 (par 4, 360 yards) and 11 (par 3, 197 yards).

  “I had an idea that 74-75 was going to get in, so my mindset was to just make pars, be patient and things would happen,” said Pohle, who will be making his first appearance in the Philadelphia Open.

  When the day came to an end, the cut line fell to 75. A total of 17 players advanced into the Championship Wednesday.

  The field of 72 players will be comprised of 24 exempt entrants and 48 qualifiers. The next two qualifiers are scheduled for June 23 at Spring Ford CC (22 qualifying positions) and June 25 at LedgeRock GC (9 qualifying positions). The Open Championship will have a purse of $40,000.

  Mark Miller of Yardley CC finished at even-par 140 to take the 103rd Open Championship at historic Merion GC. Miller edged out Mark Sheftic (rounds of 70-71), an assistant professional at Sunnybrook GC, and the remainder of the 72-player field, by a stroke to become only the 12th amateur to capture the Open Championship.

  The field for the 104th Open Championship will consist of professionals who are members in good standing of the Philadelphia Section PGA, head professionals of GAP Member Clubs and amateurs who are members of member clubs and have handicap index of 7.0 or less.

  Founded in 1897, the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) is the oldest regional golf association in the United States and serves as the principal ruling body of amateur golf in its region. Its 136 Member Clubs and 56,000 individual members are spread across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. The purpose of the Association is simple: To promote, protect and preserve the game of golf in the region.

Qualifiers
Name Club Score
(a) David West Whitford Country Club 71
(a) Matthew Mattare Saucon Valley Country Club 71
(a) Eric Schmehl Moorestown Field Club 71
(a) Steve Ransom, Jr. Wildwood Golf & Country Club 71
Joey Pohle Merion Golf Club 71
(a) Greg Wolfe Cavaliers Country Club 71
(a) Glenn Smeraglio Yardley Country Club 72
(a) Robert Galbreath, Jr. Huntingdon Valley Country Club 72
(a) Mike Meisenzahl Little Mill Country Club 73
(a) Geoffrey Cooper Laurel Creek Country Club 73
(a) John Phillips Olde York Country Club 73
(a) Michael Brown Philadelphia Publinks GA 73
(a) Sean Leonard Tavistock Country Club 74
*(a) Zachary Davis Makefield Highlands Golf Club 75
*Jakob Gerney Olde York Country Club 75
*(a) Justin Van Hyning Olde York Country Club 75
*Richie Krebs Hanover Country Club 75
Alternates (in order)
*(a) Brian Gillespie St. Davids Golf Club 75
*(a) Rodney James Five Ponds Golf Club 75
*(a) Cory Siegfried Philadelphia Country Club 76
*David Nevatt Unaffiliated 76
Failed to qualify
(a) Brett Falkoff The ACE Club 76
(a) Zachary Wehrman Makefield Highlands Golf Club 76
Andy Fisher Clinton Country Club 76
(a) Patrick Welsh Huntingdon Valley Country Club 77
Mark Parson Hidden Creek Golf Club 77
(a) James Bea Spring Mill Country Club 77
(a) Rich Thon The Springhaven Club 77
(a) Joshua Krumholz Radley Run Country Club 78
(a) Frank Corrado, Jr. Jericho National Golf Club 78
(a) William McGuinness Tavistock Country Club 78
(a) James Ridgway Wildwood Golf & Country Club 78
Steve Kiefner Northampton Country Club 78
(a) Benjamin Smith Woodcrest Country Club 79
(a) Paul Kovalcheck Lu Lu Country Club 79
(a) Zach Smith Doylestown Country Club 79
(a) Tony Perla Radnor Valley Country Club 79
(a) Conor Pocino Olde York Country Club 80
Gregg Meyer Riverview Country Club 80
(a) Mark Edmondson Medford Village Country Club 80
Kevin Kuntz Olde York Country Club 80
a) Thomas DiCinti Links Golf Club 80
(a) Kevin Edwards Riverview Country Club 80
(a) Gerry Baldachino Olde York Country Club 80
(a) Mark Dennish The Ridge at Back Brook 81
Paul Galczyk Westover Country Club 81
Jeff Van Etten Hickory Heights Golf Club 81
(a) Bill Turner Philadelphia Publinks GA 82
(a) Ryan Gelrod Commonwealth National Golf Club 82
(a) Phillip Villari, Jr. Riverton Country Club 82
(a) Buddy Reed Cavaliers Country Club 82
Dustin McCormick Water Gap Country Club 82
(a) Lance Oberparleiter Wedgwood Country Club 83
(a) Christopher Trapp Olde York Country Club 83
(a) Josh Morell Sandy Run Country Club 83
(a) Michael Bennis Talamore Country Club 83
(a) Ryan Schaffer Woodcrest Country Club 84
(a) Jimmy Johnston Merion Golf Club 84
(a) Robert Firth Commonwealth National Golf Club 84
(a) Joe DeVito, Jr. Sand Barrens Golf Club 84
(a) Paul D’Auria Mercer Oaks Golf Course 85
(a) Eric Casperson Indian Valley Country Club 86
(a) Keith Matt Talamore Country Club 86
Joseph Kogelman St. Davids Golf Club 86
(a) Ivan Mcbride Bucks County Golf Club 86
Dong Lee The ACE Club 86
(a) Raymond Andrusiewicz Mercer Oaks Golf Course 87
(a) Steven Dougherty Woodbury Country Club 88
(a) Derek Stewart Heidelberg Country Club 88
(a) Joshua Shantzer Spring Mill Country Club 91
(a) Hyungjin Ahn Mercer Oaks Golf Course 92
(a) Nicholas Bellisario Rolling Green Golf Club 96
Jeffrey Fick PGA Individual Member WD
Casey O’Reilly West Chester Golf & Country Club WD
(a) Stephen Frey Whitford Country Club WD
Sean Smyth Lebanon Country Club WD
(a) Christian Mauriello Greate Bay Country Club NS
Eric McNamee Stonewall NS
(a) Tony DePaul, Jr. North Hills Country Club NS
Damon Klepczynski Golf Services Group NC
*-decided in a playoff
P- denotes professional status
WD-withdrawal; NS-no show; NC-no card

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